August 2022 Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Kivu
On August 22, 2022, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province. This announcement came after a fatal case was discovered in Beni Health Zone, one of the epicenters of DRC’s 10th outbreak in 2018-2020. A specimen was collected and tested positive at the Beni Referral Hospital laboratory and later confirmed at the DRC’s national laboratory in Goma – the Institut National de la Recherche Biomédicale (INRB).
Sequencing results from the INRB lab in Goma showed a link between this case and the 2018-2020 EVD outbreak in the same region. While an investigation to identify how the individual became infected is ongoing, the sequencing results suggest a relapse of EVD, or infection by a survivor experiencing a relapse or who had a persistent EVD infection.
The MOH will be establishing an incident management system to coordinate and manage the response.